Word Up - ABC RN

Word Up - ABC RN


Word Up shares the diverse languages of black Australia from Anmatyerre to Arrernte, from Bidjara to Bundjalung, from Nyungar to Ngaanyatjarra, from Yankunytjatjara to Yorta Yorta—one word at a time.


Word Up: Maggie Burns  

Warlpiri is one of the strongest Aboriginal languages – so strong there are Strong and Light versions spoken in the Tanami Desert.

Word Up: Gawurra  

Gupapuyngu is one of eight languages that Yolngu songman Gawurra speaks.

Word Up: Uncle Vic Chapman  

For Uncle Vic Chapman Yuwaalaraay language is infused with memory. One word in particular takes him to the banks of a river on the border between Queensland and New South Wales.

Word Up: Aunty Beryl Carmichael  

Aunty Beryl Carmichael shares some Ngiyaampaa and explains why it's sometimes thought of as a "back-to-front" language.

Word Up: Luke Johnson  

For Luke Johnson using Gunai language helps him understand his culture and country.

Word Up: Zaachariaha Fielding  

Pitjantjatjara is a one of the few Aboriginal languages not to be considered endangered.

Word Up:Jill Nganjmirra  

The artist and storyteller Jill Nganjmirra shares some Kunwinjku.

Word Up: Stephen Goldsmith  

Kaurna is like poetry for the soul according to Stephen Goldsmith, a language worker from Adelaide.

Word Up: Deline Briscoe  

Deline Briscoe takes us to Yalanji country in Far North Queensland to share three Kuku Yalanji words.

Word Up: Lee Healy  

Taungurung linguist Lee Healy shares three words that encapsulate the Taungurung worldview.

Word Up: Warren H. Williams  

In Aboriginal communities in Central Australia, English could be the fourth or fifth language people learn. One of the first is Arrernte.

Word Up: Tracey Cameron  

Language teacher Tracey Cameron explains how stargazing - and a constellation in the night sky - helped the Gamilaraay people in the hunt for food.

Word Up: Richard Green  

The Dharug language covers much of greater and western Sydney and it gives us some distinctive place names that might be familiar: Parramatta, Yagoona and Wahroonga for example.

Word Up: Lillian Bowen  

We meet a teacher who shares some Guugu Yimithirr - the Aboriginal language that gives us the word kangaroo.

Word Up: John Graham  

Language is a time machine for Yugambeh speaker John Graham.

Word Up: Fay Stewart-Muir  

The Boonwurrung language was once spoken from what is now Melbourne south to Wilson's Promontory.

Word Up: Clayton Cruse  

We learn some Adnyamathanha with language worker Clayton Cruse.

Word Up: Karina Lester  

Karina Lester shares three words in Yankunytjatjara - one even describes a deferential way of speaking that's like a language within a language.

Word Up: Emily Wurramara  

We learn some Anindilyakwa - the language spoken on some of the islands in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Word Up: Jason O'Neil  

Wiradjuri man Jason O'Neil shares three words that describe the break of day, a way of living that's like a moral code and a term of farewell.

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